FACTBOX: Urban guerrilla attacks in Greece this year

ATHENS Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:29am EDT

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Two gunmen shot dead a Greek anti-terrorist policeman guarding a witness in Athens on Wednesday in the worst attack since riots in December launched a wave of urban guerrilla violence in Greece.

Here are the main attacks in Greece this year:

- Jan 5: Weeks after the police shooting of a teenager in December, gunmen linked to Greece's most militant guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle shoot and seriously wound a 21-year-old policeman guarding the Culture Ministry in Athens. They said it was in revenge for the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

- Feb 3: Left-wing guerrillas fire shots and throw a hand grenade at a police station in Athens. Later that month, gunmen fire at least a dozen shots outside a private TV station, without hurting anyone in either attack.

- March 13: A home-made bomb explodes about 250 meters from Athens central police headquarters, causing serious damage to a state building and shops but no injuries.

- May 12: A powerful bomb wrecks a Greek Eurobank branch in the outskirts of Athens damaging cars and blowing out windows across the street but causing no injuries.

- May 20: A time bomb goes off outside the office of a Greek investment company, damaging three floors of the central Athens building. Police evacuated the building after an anonymous call warning of the attack and no group claimed responsibility.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou)

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